IF ever there was a case of “After the Lord Mayor’s Show”, last Saturday was it.
After praising the Clarets to the skies for their excellent footballing performance against Reading desite losing the game, no such claims can be made for the dismal performance at home to Millwall.
The drop in quality was startling and regardless of which players were tried in which positions, and the injury to captain Chris McCann, actually boiled down to Millwall wanting the game more.
The Lions are threatened with relegation and in the week before the match some of their supporters were posting on Burnley message boards after some recent inept showings of their own saying it was a nailed-on result for the Lancashire side and they wanted rid of manager Kenny Jackett.
But he must have been the happier man at full-time on Saturday. His team were quicker to the ball all through the game, regardless of the quality of Burnley performance with the ball, and that was always going to give them an edge.
It’s no cause for crisis, although it did make me think that Burnley will be looking at top ten rather than top six this campaign, I’d have settled for that without problem this time out.
l I’M hoping to have a word with Dave Thomas about his new book in more detail when I get a moment but here, just for Dave, is an early plug!
The Todmorden born and bred Leeds-based author and blogger is as near as the club will get to a writer-in-residence these days, and the marvellous variety of his books looks set to continue with his latest tome.
Dave has a genuine fascination with all aspects and eras of life at Turf Moor. He’s covered the peaks, with marvellous works on Harry Potts and Jimmy McIlroy, and now turns his attention to the fourth division championship days of 20 years ago with Thanks For The Memories - Roger Eli.
Dave’s got to know Roger, a cult hero that season who after serious injury hardly played for the club again.
It’s a story of lower league football, covering his early days, time spent with Brian Clough at Forest, his teenage years at Leeds United with Eddie Gray and then Billy Bremner, a move to Wolves and then the drift round the lower leagues until finally finding his feet again at Burnley, where the supporters of that era rightly regard him with great affection.
But football can be cruel, and Roger’s story looks as riveting in its own way as the stories of the very best players to play for Burnley.